Cannes: Sierra/Affinity Sells 'Molly's Game,' 'Stan & Ollie,' 'Tully' Around World
The sales and financing company closed a raft of territory deals for projects by Aaron Sorkin, Jason Reitman and Phillip Noyce.
Following the Cannes Film Festival, Sierra/Affinity has unveiled international deals for a slate of movies, including from new partner Entertainment One.
Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut, Molly's Game, which saw STX Entertainment negotiate the U.S. rights in Cannes, has also nailed down sales to France (SND Groupe M6) and Japan (Kino Films). The Jessica Chastain- and Idris Elba-starrer from The Mark Gordon Company and eOne was also pre-bought by Taiwan (CaiChang International), India (Estars) and Italy (Rai Cinemas), among other territories. eOne took Sorkin's Hollywood-set drama for Canada, the U.K., Australia/New Zealand, Benelux and Spain. There's no word on STX pre-buying the China rights, which was rumored in Cannes.
Elsewhere, the biopic Stan & Ollie, starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly, also sold internationally out of Cannes. The Jon S. Baird-directed movie, financed by eOne and BBC Films, has gone to Germany and Switzerland (Square One), Scandinavia (Mis Label), Iceland (Myndform) and Turkey (Fabula Films).
And Tully — which reteams Young Adult director Jason Reitman, screenwriter Diablo Cody and star Charlize Theron — has gone to Australia (Studio Canal), South Africa (Ster-Kinekor), Benelux (The Searchers) and Germany (DCM Film Distribution).
After Cannes, Sierra/Affinity also sold director Phillip Noyce's Above Suspicion to Taiwan (CaiChang International), Latin America (Gussi), Portugal (NOS Audiovisuals) and Greece and Turkey (Tanweer). And Anon, from writer/director Andrew Niccol and studio K5 Media Group, has been sold to France (TF1 Studio), Japan (Culture Convenience Club) and Taiwan (Lots Home Entertainment).
Broad Green Pictures earlier finalized a deal in Cannes to distribute Ron Shelton’s Villa Capri in the U.S. The film, which stars Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones, has now been picked up by Germany's Wild Bunch and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions for a range of territories, including eastern Europe and Latin America.
Sierra/Affinity also did package deals for much of its Cannes movie slate with Israel's United King, Eagle Films for the Middle East, Main Title for Korea and Ascot Elite Entertainment Group for Switzerland.